Judging is currently underway for the 2017, Rotary NSW Emergency Services Community Awards. In keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self”, the awards acknowledge and celebrate outstanding community service of NSW Emergency Services Personnel.
Funds raised through the event support two important Rotary initiatives: (1) an Australian Rotary Health, PhD Research Scholarship investigating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Emergency Services Personnel and (2) a Rotary Vocational Training Team to travel to Vanuatu to conduct Emergency and Disaster Preparedness training.
The training team will comprise five senior NSW Emergency Service Trainers and will be led by Kiama Rotarian, Ian Johnston. Their goal will be to educate Vanuatu Emergency Service Professionals regarding the latest thinking and best practices relating to disaster preparedness and response.
According to the United Nations University World Risk Index, Vanuatu is the world’s most at-risk country for natural hazards. In the event of a major disaster occurring, local emergency service agencies are on their own for at least the first 48-72 hours before foreign aid can begin to arrive. Therefore, they need to be well trained and self-sufficient to cover this critical period.
Last weekend we had a very successful BBQ at Bunnings. The money raised will have topped up the pot with which our Board can allocate money left over at the end of the Lions year for charitable causes.
Preparations are in hand for our final meeting of the Lions year. The handover dinner is on June 22 at the Pavilion.
Last week we incorrectly said that Malcolm Ward (Gareth's father) had been a member of Gerringong Lions, in fact he had been a member of the Minnamurra Club and is now a member of the Cairns club.
Last weekend we had another working bee at the Respite cottage which we are now calling the Carers cottage. This was to clear up the backyard and separate everything into rubbish, wood and metal for recycling. We hope to have a delivery of Gyprock this week. The cladding has been moved into the container to keep it dry.